Your sweet baby is getting so big! This week your little one measures in at 9 inches from crown to rump and 1.5-2.5 pounds. That puts baby at about the size of a head of cauliflower. Those fat deposits are starting to form so baby’s wrinkly and pink toned skin will soon start to fill out and take on a more natural color. Until then, the blood vessels forming below the surface will continue to form and give baby a natural pink coloring. Hair is growing too and is actually beginning to take on the color and texture baby will be born with. You can start the bets now!
Baby’s working hard to gear up for breathing. Blood vessels in the lungs form this week and bring baby one step closer to the first breath of fresh air. The surfactant continues to develop and will help baby’s lungs expand when that first breath happens. Speaking of breathing, the nostrils are opening up this week. This will allow your baby to practice breathing, although for now it’ll only be amniotic fluid they’re inhaling.
Baby’s hair is growing but so is yours. You may notice your hair is thicker and shinier than ever and you should enjoy it while you can. Unfortunately, this perk that is brought on by hormones will disappear after delivery. You’re growing too – to about the size of a soccer ball at this point. Your belly clearly tells the world your pregnant and your possible lack of balance might be a giveaway too. Your body is trying to compensate for the changes and may not have everything down just yet so take it easy and rest if you feel dizzy.
You might be enjoying your lush head of hair on top but on bottom you may be stricken with an awful case of hemorrhoids. If you’re experiencing these, you can rest easy knowing that they’ll go away after delivery too. In the mean time, eat fiber-dense foods and get plenty of fluids. Avoid straining while you’re pooping, which can lead to rectal bleeding. If you’re in pain, look towards witch hazel pads and ice packs for some relief down there.
Nine Months From Now...
Your child is now six months old! Every day seems like it goes by too fast so enjoy it while you can. Your little one is a busy little bee these days. Baby is all about movement now and is likely rolling over as a mode of transport. You may even see some early signs of crawling. Keep your eye on them or you might miss something big! If baby is rolling over in their sleep, there’s no need to panic but you should still keep the bed accessories out of sight for the time being.
Baby loves to have all eyes on them these days and will do plenty to get attention. Blowing raspberries, loud bursts of noises, or banging their toys on the floor will all be used to engage you and others (at least it’s not all crying these days). Your little one may be a bit of a social butterfly since they love to get attention from just about anyone.
If you haven’t given baby solid foods yet, your doctor will likely advise it at six months. Introduce new foods slowly and wait a few days to make sure there is no allergic reaction. If your child doesn’t like a certain food, give it a few days and try again. Their taste buds are changing and are pretty fickle these days. When your child starts to grab at the spoon or play with food, they may be ready for finger foods. Look for cues to guide you. Don’t be surprised when the changes in diet are reflected in their diaper. Texture and consistency will likely change.
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